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OP-ED: Keeping up with your kit
March 08, 2014, 05:00 AM By Adrienne J. Tissier

By Adrienne J. Tissier

This Sunday we turn forward our clocks one hour for daylight savings, or “spring forward.” Fire departments use this twice-a-year occurrence as a reminder to check the batteries in our smoke detectors. We should also use this opportunity to make sure our families are prepared with an emergency preparedness kit and that the kit is replenished and updated at this time twice a year.

 If you need some direction putting together a kit, please visit the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services website at and join us for the 10th Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day which is held on the opening day of the San Mateo County Fair — Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the San Mateo County Event Center — 1346 Saratoga Ave., San Mateo. In addition to learning about disaster preparedness kits, residents can receive free Friends and Families CPR Training and meet with representatives from your area to learn about its disaster contingency plan. Families that arrive before 11 a.m. will receive free parking and free admission to the San Mateo County Fair.

 You and your family should put together a disaster plan and ask yourself the question — what would my family need if there was no electricity or gas and all local businesses were closed for a week. A good emergency preparedness kit would include a weeks supply of water, food, cash, current medications, batteries, an extra set of eye glasses and more.  Many of these items have a shelf life and so residents are encouraged during daylight savings time to check the expiration dates on perishable items, switch out the water supply and test your batteries.

 In 2005, following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest and one of the most deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States, many federal, state and local agencies put themselves on high alert. Since then attention to disaster preparedness has diminished. In light of this, I encourage residents to remain prepared and join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of San Mateo County’s Disaster Preparedness Day on Saturday, June 7, 2014.


Adrienne J. Tissier is a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and chair of the San Mateo County Emergency Services Council.



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